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Board of Elections Need Citizen Involvement to Keep Records Updated

Board of Elections Need Citizen Involvement to Keep Records Updated

By Janine Bowen Residents in Putnam County may be receiving a postcard in the mail this week that the Putnam Board of Elections is urging people to pay attention to. Each year, the Putnam County Board of Elections is required by law to send out a mail check card to all registered voters, to ensure […]

Giddy Up: Leg. Meeting Turns Ugly with Tilly Foster Focus Again

Giddy Up: Leg. Meeting Turns Ugly with Tilly Foster Focus Again

For years, Tilly Foster Farm had been a site in Putnam County known for its bucolic setting and roaming animals. Now, controversy and angst seem to be the most common themes attached to the county owned property. At a July 15 Physical Services Committee meeting, tempers didn’t just flare, they erupted during a discussion about […]

County Says “Nay” to Horses on Tilly Foster Anytime Soon

County Says “Nay” to Horses on Tilly Foster Anytime Soon

As animals begin to return to Tilly Foster Farm going forward, horses are the one set of animals that noticeably will be missing. During a July 15 Physical Services Committee meeting, the issue of if and when horses should return to the Southeast farm was raised by a handful of residents. Pointing toward Tilly Foster […]

Drone Use at Maloney’s Wedding Scrutinized, Criticized

Drone Use at Maloney’s Wedding Scrutinized, Criticized

When Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney married his longtime partner Randy Florke in a ceremony in Cold Spring last month, it was one of the biggest events in the village so far this year. Now, part of that celebration is being scrutinized because of the use of a drone that caught the grand event on tape. […]

Women’s Resource Center Holds Restaurant Raffle

Women’s Resource Center Holds Restaurant Raffle

Enjoy dining out and supporting a good cause? Well, here is a chance to do both. The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is holding their annual “Restaurant Raffle” where lucky winners will have the opportunity to win a gift certificate to some of the finest restaurants in the Hudson Valley, while supporting the efforts […]

Business Profile: Triple B BBQ, Brewster

Business Profile: Triple B BBQ, Brewster

As far as Bob Soto is concerned, the longer he cooks his food, the better it will come out. Whether it means beginning his cooking the night before or taking a certain item off the menu rather than rush it to be ready by a certain time, Soto understands patience is a virtue, even for […]

Kent Public Hearing on Proposed Term Limits Law

Kent Public Hearing on Proposed Term Limits Law

A public hearing focused on term limits for Town of Kent board members was opened Tuesday that could lead to a vote referendum come November. Pushed by Kent Councilman Paul Denbaum, who ran on a platform that included fighting for terms limits, the proposed law would limit the four councilmembers to two straight four-year terms […]

No Fun in the Sun: Putnam Valley Beach Remains Closed

No Fun in the Sun: Putnam Valley Beach Remains Closed

Within hours of the Memorial Day weekend approaching, swimming at Spur Beach on Roaring Brook Lane in Putnam Valley was prohibited by the Putnam County Department of Health, leaving some residents bewildered and upset. Since then, the Town of Putnam Valley has sparred with the health department over the closing, which came to a head […]

Carmel PD now has a permanent MedReturn Drug Collection Unit

Carmel PD now has a permanent MedReturn Drug Collection Unit

Citizens looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at Carmel Police Department, 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac. The Carmel Police Department has partnered with the Putnam County Communities That Care Coalition to establish a permanent MedReturn drug collection program in order […]

Out of Legislature, Othmer Enjoys New Role as Kent Highway Super

Out of Legislature, Othmer Enjoys New Role as Kent Highway Super

Last week, instead of sitting inside the Putnam County Historic Courthouse for a county Legislature meeting, Richard Othmer was either in his modest office at the Kent Highway Department headquarters on Ludington Court or on the road in the Town of Kent. Six months into starting out as Kent Highway Superintendent and leaving the legislature, […]

PV Supervisor Confirms Run for Putnam DA

PV Supervisor Confirms Run for Putnam DA

It may be more than a year away, but Bob Tendy is wasting no time on working to attain the seat of Putnam County District Attorney in 2015. Tendy, in an interview with The Putnam Examiner, confirmed he is going for the office of District Attorney when the seat is up for grabs in 2015, which would set up […]

Hayworth Tops Maloney, Claims Independence Line in Primary

Hayworth Tops Maloney, Claims Independence Line in Primary

Improving her mission to reclaim her old seat in Congress, former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth pulled out a primary day victory against incumbent and Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to gain the Independence Party line for November’s general election. Unofficial results reported by the state Board of Election show Hayworth beat out Maloney by less […]

Ball Ranked, Again, as NY's Most Independent Republican Senator

Ball Ranked, Again, as NY’s Most Independent Republican Senator

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has been ranked as New York’s most “Independent Republican Senator” by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). According to NYPIRG, a student-directed research organization, Ball displayed the most independent voting record of his Republican colleagues […]

Business Profile: Local Boys Junkyard Removal, Mahopac

Business Profile: Local Boys Junkyard Removal, Mahopac

He might only be 24-years-old, but Robert De Lucia recently made a life-changing decision. For the last five years, De Lucia has owned the business Local Boys Junkyard Removal in Mahopac. While he’s run it and put plenty into the business, it was more of a part-time gig, something he worked at when he wasn’t […]

Odell: New Employee Not Campaigning on County Dime

Odell: New Employee Not Campaigning on County Dime

Two Putnam County legislators last week questioned whether a new employee has engaged in campaign work for County Executive MaryEllen Odell on taxpayer time. During a June 17 Personnel Committee meeting, the employment of Faith Ann Butcher, the former publisher of the now defunct Hudson Valley Reporter, was challenged by Legislators Dini LoBue and Sam Oliverio. Butcher, a Mahopac […]

Drowning Death in Lake Mahopac Friday

Drowning Death in Lake Mahopac Friday

A teenage girl was confirmed dead after drowning in Lake Mahopac near Mahopac Point Friday afternoon, according to Carmel Police, sending shockwaves of tragedy and grief throughout the community. According to The Journal News, the victim was identified as 8th grader Jenna Nolan, though authorities did not officially release a name. In a press release, […]

Back-and-Forth Debate Ensues From Recently Revealed Carnival

Back-and-Forth Debate Ensues From Recently Revealed Carnival

Heated debate ensued at the end of a June 12 committee meeting after it was recently revealed the grand reopening of Tilly Foster Farm would become a weekend long carnival, instead of just a Fourth of July fireworks celebration. During a Physical Services Committee meeting of the Putnam County Legislature, two legislators and some residents […]

Maloney and Hayworth Grapple for Independence Line in Primary

Maloney and Hayworth Grapple for Independence Line in Primary

While most primary elections aren’t until September, polls will be open next Tuesday so voters can determine which candidate for the 18th congressional district will earn the Independence Party line. Congressman and Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican challenger Nan Hayworth are both vying for the line, and both understand how critical it is to […]

Historic Courthouse Celebrated for Two Centuries of Service

Historic Courthouse Celebrated for Two Centuries of Service

The Putnam County Historic Courthouse hit a milestone last Thursday when county and local officials and dozens of residents packed the Carmel building to celebrate its 200th birthday. For two centuries, the Historic Courthouse, built in 1814, has been standing. Historians for the county spoke to the significance and the intrigue the building brought over […]

Historic Courthouse Celebrated for Two Centuries of Service

Historic Courthouse Celebrated for Two Centuries of Service

The Putnam County Historic Courthouse hit a milestone last Thursday when county and local officials and dozens of residents packed the Carmel building to celebrate its 200th birthday. For two centuries, the Historic Courthouse, built in 1814, has been standing. Historians for the county spoke to the significance and the intrigue the building brought over […]

Business Profile: TOTAL Firearms Techniques, Brewster

Business Profile: TOTAL Firearms Techniques, Brewster

As a fireman techniques instructor, Ralph Nudo knows he has a responsibility to teach his students how to handle any gun–whether it’s for competition or self-defense–safely and wisely. “If you’re going to handle a firearm, you have to be safe,” Nudo said. “Safety is our main concern.” And that’s what Nudo preaches as one of […]

Bomb Threat Forces Putnam Valley Middle School Evacuation

Bomb Threat Forces Putnam Valley Middle School Evacuation

A threat against students at Putnam Valley Middle School forced an evacuation of the building last Wednesday. Two handwritten notes were found a few hours apart that a student in the school had written, one at 10:55 a.m. and another at about 2 p.m. After the first note was found, students were evacuated from the […]

Business Profile: Spruce Hill Inn, Putnam Valley

Business Profile: Spruce Hill Inn, Putnam Valley

The Spruce Hill Inn has been a fixture in Putnam Valley since the 1930s. Now, it could be closing as soon as next month if it doesn’t begin to drum up more business. Joanie Mitchell has owned the bar along Oscawana Lake Road for more than 20 years of the inn’s existence. It’s been a […]

Mahopac Library Budget Approved by Voters

Mahopac Library Budget Approved by Voters

With a noticeably low turnout, voters approved the Mahopac Public Library budget with ease on June 3. Passing the budget 320-77, library director Michelle Capozella expressed thanks to the community the morning after the vote, noting she didn’t know what to expect from the process because it was her first budget season since becoming the […]

Put Valley School Board Taps Wills to Stay as District Super

Put Valley School Board Taps Wills to Stay as District Super

The Putnam Valley Board of Education might not have undertaken a search for a superintendent, but that didn’t stop them from appointing the best match possible to lead the district. The board announced and passed a resolution last Thursday to turn current interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frances Wills into the permanent leader of the […]

Wide Open Race for Oliverio’s Open Legislature Seat

Wide Open Race for Oliverio’s Open Legislature Seat

With petition season fully underway, the legislature seat for District 2 will finally have a new representative for the first time in almost 20 years. With Democratic stalwart and current Legislator Sam Oliverio opting to run for Putnam County Executive, two long time Putnam Valley residents, Democrat Wendy Whetsel and Republican Bill Gouldman are vying […]

Business of the Week: Café Piccolo, Mahopac

Business of the Week: Café Piccolo, Mahopac

By Janine Bowen A Mahopac Café is offering up a little taste of Italy, thanks to an owner with a lifetime of bakery experience. Café Piccolo has been a Mahopac staple for the last 17 years, when owner Tony Piccolo moved into the area after getting married, and opened the business with his brother-in-law. “Everybody […]

Business of the Week: Laura’s Boutique, Carmel

Business of the Week: Laura’s Boutique, Carmel

Trends in fashion can change overnight and at a swift pace, but for Laura Rudovic Waters keeping up with the latest styles and designs are all part of owning a business. Waters opened up Laura’s Boutique in the past couple weeks and it is a ladies collection store that has the hottest fashion including dresses, […]

Mahopac Library Budget Approved by Voters

Mahopac Library Budget Approved by Voters

With a noticeably low turnout, voters approved the Mahopac Public Library budget with ease last Tuesday. Passing the budget 320-77, library director Michele Capozella expressed thanks to the community the morning after the vote, noting she didn’t know what to expect from the process because it was her first budget season since becoming the director […]

Conway Named as New Brewster Super to Lead District

Conway Named as New Brewster Super to Lead District

After having the interim tag attached to him for five months, the Brewster Board of Education officially named Timothy Conway the new Superintendent of Schools of the district. During a May 27 meeting, the board unanimously appointed Conway the permanent superintendent, after he served on an interim basis following the January retirement of former head […]